The Delegation of the Intellectual Property Agency "BERIN in the composition of MA Mariјa Koseska and B.Sc. Eng. Bogoljub Ilievski participated in the work of the 84th Council of the European Patent Institute (epi) that took place in Valeta (MALTA) from 13-14 April 2018. The IP Agency BERIN has its representatives in four epi Committees: Committee for Professional Enforcement (MA Maria Kjoseska), Committee for European Patent Practice (Bogoljub Ilievski), Committee for Disciplinary Procedure (Vanco Damjanski) and EPO finances committee (prof. d-r Gjorgji Filipov).
In addition to the Council, a celebration of 40th anniversary of the creation of the institute was held. The president of the European Patent Organization (EPO) Mr. Benoit Batistelli along with the three vice presidents of the EPO participated in as guests. In his speech he emphasized the role of epi as an external user of EPO’s products and services. The epi president, Mr. Francis Leyder, talked about the importance of the epi as corrective body of the EPO work as well in the development in the European patent system.
During the meeting of the Council, the chairs of all committees reported about the work of the committees for the period November 2017 – April 2018. Another interestig topic was the proposal for creation of the internet platform on the epi website in which the most experienced epi members will provide free of charge technical and legal advices to other epi members concerning the representation in the procedure of granting European patents.
The two-day event of work and meeting with the other 150 colleagues who represents 12 500 of patent attorneys from all the countries that had ratified the European Patent Convention was a great opportunity for exchange of experiences and ideas for the further development of the European Patent Institute and the cooperation of the attorneys within their competencies, both with colleagues, and with their business partners.